Command, Control, and Force Structure

Daivd Shambaugh

in Modernizing China's Military

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520225077
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938106 | DOI:
Command, Control, and Force Structure

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This chapter elucidates the considerable restructuring, streamlining, and change in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in recent years. This process has not been easy, as it has resulted in the forced retirement of large numbers of officers and the demobilization of approximately one-third of the PLA rank and file. Significant organizational and financial interests have also been infringed upon, as the general headquarters have been revamped and the PLA has been forced to divest itself of its commercial interests. Meanwhile, the geographic purview of military regions has been expanded, while the structure of the ground forces is shrinking from divisions to brigades. Professional military education has been enhanced, and the reserves, militia, and paramilitary People's Armed Police have been expanded. The organizational reform of the PLA is a work in progress. To be sure, it has had its jarring effects, mainly because so many reforms are being implemented simultaneously.

Keywords: People's Liberation Army; military; organizational reform; restructuring; forced retirement; military reform; military education; reserves; militia; People's Armed Police

Chapter.  25676 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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